Maoists condemn fake encounter, accuse security forces of rape in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: Condemning rape and alleged fake encounter of a tribal woman Madkam Hidme by security forces in Gumpad village of Sukma district in Bastar, South Bastar division committee of the banned outfit of CPI (M) issued a statement demanding action against DRG jawans and officers responsible for killing of the woman.
In the statement issued by Vikas, member of South Bastar Division Committee, he said that security personnel of CRPF, DRG and Special Task Force from five camps of Bhejji, konta, Kottachervu, Entegatta and Murliguda came towards Gumpad village in Sukma in large number and spent the night on June 12 surrounding the region. Next morning they attacked at homes in the village and looted valuables, meat and alcohol kept in homes of tribal villagers, Maoists said in the statement and had beaten up many people leaving four women severely injured.
“When Madkam Hidme tried to intervene and save a woman from their beatings, the District Reserve Guards – former Maoists who had surrendered and working with forces in anti-Naxalite operations- got hold of her and took her into the forests. Later, she was gang-raped and killed which the police very conveniently labelled as an encounter of hardened Maoist commander. It was all made up by DRG jawans who are the main accused and deserve punishment,” the statement claimed. Bastar police in the garb of Mission 2016 has harassed and assaulted around 45 poor tribal women with inhuman activities and killed 22 of them, we condemn such activities, CPI (M) member Vikas said in the letter.
Police seized six IED bombs during a raid in Gaya
Police, on Saturday, seized six IED cane bombs each weighing 3 kg from a house during a raid at Vishwanathpur village in Bihar’s Gaya district.
In a joint operation of police and Cobra battalion of CRPF, the police team raided the tenanted house of naxalite Sanjay Yadav in Vishwanathpur village and seized six IED bombs each weighing 3 kg, Magadh Range Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Saurabh Kumar said. Police got a tip-off that Sanjay Yadav, the naxalite belonging to proscribed naxal outfit CPI(Maoist), was residing as a tenant in the house of Mohammad Shamsuddin in Vishwanathpur village of the district. Sanjay Yadav, who is wanted in several criminal cases, however managed to give a slip to the police, he said.
Police ‘informer’ injured in Naxal attack
Raipur: A police ‘informer’ was on Sunday injured when Naxals opened fire at him at a weekly market in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district. “Madvi Kosa, a gopniya sainik (informer), was attacked by armed rebels at the weekly market of Gadiras,” a senior police official said. After being hit by the bullets, Kosa somehow managed to escape and reach Gadiras police station located close to the market, he said. He was then shifted to Jagdalpur hospital and after preliminary treatment, he was airlifted to Raipur for further medication, the official said. Security personnel have launched a combing operation in the area to nab the attackers, he added.
Chattisgarh: Deputy sarpanch shot dead by Naxals
A deputy sarpanch was shot dead allegedly by Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur district after ultras branded him as a police informer, an official said today. Deputy Sarpanch of Chinna Kodepal village Anganpalli Lachhaiya was shot dead by armed Maoists near his home late last night, a senior police official told PTI. As per preliminary information, a group of armed naxals stormed into Lachhaiya’s house in Chinna Kodepal, located around 16 km away from Bijapur district headquarters, and dragged him out, he said.
CRPF jawan injured in face-off with Naxals in Maharashtra
Gadchiroli (Maha), Jun 26 (PTI) A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan was today injured in a face-off with Naxals in the district, police said. A joint anti-Naxal operation was being conducted by the CRPF and the district police in Reknar forest area when the ultras opened fire and the forces retaliated, a release by Gadchiroli police said. During the skirmish, one CRPF jawan sustained injuries. The Maoists later fled from the forest, it said.
Maoist attack feared, security heightened for CRPF camp in Jharkhand
Jamshedpur: Security have been beefed up in a CRPF camp and some police stations of Maoist-hit Ghatsila sub-division in East Singhbhum district following information provided by a youth who managed to escape after being abducted by the rebels. “We have made tight security arrangements around Musaboni CRPF camp and some police stations of the sub-division based on the inputs provided by the youth,” Superintendent of Police (Rural), Md Arshi, said. The youth told his interrogators that at least 50 Naxals including women with sophisticated firearms assembled in the jungle to attack the CRPF camp and some police stations, he said. Some of the Naxals seemed to have come from outside Jharkhand as they were speaking in Bengali and Odiya, the youth told police.
MAOISTS DAMAGE BSNL TOWER’S IN LATEHAR
CPI Maoists led by Chhotu Kharwar damaged solar panel and solar battery of the BSNL tower at Hetha Toli under Garu police station on Sunday night said SP Latehar Anoop Birtharey. Latehar SP said the Maoists did this as their diversionary tactic since security forces are out in Garu areas in their anti naxal operation. The forces are scouring the jungles of Baree bandh in Garu police station.
The Maoists are trying hard to cling to Garu as if this land is wrested from them the Maoists will have no safe inch left for them in Latehar.
The Maoists are already ‘homeless’ from Saryu Koney which some one year back was considered as the impregnable citadel of the Maoists. The setting up of he forward security posts in their so called Red Soil has rendered the Maoists gasping for space said sources.
Rural police to set up CCTV cameras in Agency
Visakhapatnam: The Visakha Rural police have mooted a plan to install CCTV cameras in and around the Maoist strongholds in a bid to nab suspected Maoist militia members as well as to prevent ganja smuggling from the Visakha Agency. These cameras will also be put up in the plain areas of the district and the plan will be implemented as soon as the cops procure the necessary equipment.
According to sources, identifying the militia members and the rank and file of the CPI (Maoists) has become a herculean task for the cops in the Agency areas. The naxals usually gather information about movement of combing parties with the help of the militia network. This information reaches the Maoists extremely fast. The rural cops want to be faster than the naxals with the help of these cameras that will be set up at all the major centres in the naxal-infested areas, sources said. “These camera would also help the police identify persons, who support the Maoists in their actions,” a senior police officer working in Visakha Agency told TOI.
According to sources, naxals are active in six out of the 11 mandals in Visakha Agency, including a few mandals close to the plain areas. The Agency has three sub-divisions, including Narsipatnam which is its gateway. Each sub-division will have around 200 cameras and the command centre would be set up at the sub-division headquarters. More than 800 cameras would be set up in the entire district.
The couriers and militia members of CPI (Maoists) generally visit the main centres like Seeleru, GK Veedhi, Chintapalli, Paderu, Lothugedda, Pedabayalu, Munchingput and G Magudula during the weekly markets to gather information about police movement. They also interact with tribals from various interior villages for information, besides conducting recce at various important places and track the movement of persons in their hit list, sources said. All the police stations in the Agency areas will have sufficient cameras in and around the stations, the outposts at Rallagedda in Chintapalli and also at Rudakota in Pedabayalu, besides the other outposts to be constructed.
“Combing in forest areas and exchanging bullets in hilly terrains is part of jungle warfare. But one can’t identify the enemy within the villages. Each junction will have four cameras in all directions and we are now waiting for the equipment to reach us,” a senior rank police officer in Visakha Agency said.
Teenage Maoist arrested
Khammam: The Cherla police on Wednesday arrested a teenager, who is the platoon commander of the Militia group, a rebel outfit of the CPI-Maoists. Madakam Sona, 19, a Gothi Koya of Chennapuram village under Cherla mandal clan has joined the Maoists as a militia member in 2013 and elevated as Militia section platoon commander in 2015. He worked with Sukhdev dalam for a couple of years before shifting to Lachanna dalam.
According to police, Sona was involved in several criminal cases, including the murder of Kursam Chaithu of Chelimel village. He was accused in the blasting of a BSNL cell tower at Satyanarayanapuram, digging pits on the Vaddipeta-Pusuguppa road and landmine blast at Sapta near Pedda Midisileru.
Maoists trigger bomb blast in Cherla
KHAMMAM: : Suspected Maoists triggered a road-side on Lenin Nagar main road in Cherla mandal in the district on Sunday. However, no one was injured or any property damaged in the blast. Maoists gave a 24-hour district bandh call on Sunday protesting against the encounter that took place at Gollagudem forest area in Maharashtra on June 18 in which three Maoists were gunned down by the police. The bandh call evoked poor response.
The situation was normal in all places including Maoist-affected mandals in the agency area. Maoist district committee, which put up wall posters at some places in Cherla, urged intellectuals, people and students to condemn the encounter and pay tributes to the martyrs.
Meanwhile, people of Cherla and Venkatapuram villages are in the grip of fear with series of encounters and killings taking place for the last few days. Recently, one Tellam Ramesh was injured in a bomb explosion near Venkatapuram. Earlier, posters put by the Maoists were spotted at the same place demanding stop to fake encounters and Operation Green Hunt.
Explosives under culvert seized in Koraput
Koraput: Acting on a tip-off, security personnel belonging to the BSF recovered huge cache of explosives from under a culvert on Tanginiguda-Dasmantpur road under Boipariguda police limits in Koraput district on Monday. Officials said the recovered items include two landmines weighing 5 kg each, 24 gelatine sticks, 20 electronic detonators, one battery, 35 metres of flexible wire and other materials required for making landmines.
“We had intelligence inputs regarding the presence of the explosives in that particular place. The Maoists had hidden the explosives to retrieve them in future to attack the security forces engaged in anti-Maoist operations. The explosives were recovered safely and no injury was reported from our side,” said DIG (BSF) J C Nayak.